Stuart A. Roosa

August 16, 1933 - December 12, 1994

Stuart A. Roosa; Colonel, U.S. Air Force (Retired)
Born August 16, 1933, in Durango, Colorado
BS in aeronautical engineering
from University of Colorado


About the Man

Roosa retired as a Colonel from the Air Force in 1976. His active duty was from 1953 to 1976. Prior to joining NASA, he was an experimental test pilot at Edwards Air Force Base, California--an assignment he held from September 1965 to May 1966, following graduation from the Aerospace Research Pilots School.

He was a maintenance flight test pilot at Olmstead Air Force Base, Pennsylvania, from July 1962 to August 1964, flying F-101 aircraft. He served as Chief of Service Engineering (AFLC) at Tachikawa Air base for two years following graduation from the University of Colorado under the Air Force Institute of Technology Program. Prior to this tour of duty, he was assigned as a fighter pilot at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, where he flew the F-84F and F-100 aircraft.

He attended Gunnery School at Del Rio and Luke Air Force Bases and is a graduate of the Aviation Cadet Program at Williams Air Force Base, Arizona, where he received his flight training commission in the Air Force.

He logged 5,500 hours of flying time--5,000 hours in jet aircraft.

Colonel Roosa was one of the 19 astronauts selected by NASA in April 1966. He was a member of the astronaut support crew for the Apollo 9 flight.


About the Spaceflight

Apollo 14

January 31 - February 09, 1971

Maneuvering their lunar module, "Antares," to a landing in the hilly upland Fra Mauro region of the moon, Shepard and Mitchell subsequently deployed and activated various scientific equipment and experiments and proceeded to collect almost 100 pounds of lunar samples for return to earth. Throughout this 33-hour period of lunar surface activities, Roosa remained in lunar orbit aboard the command module, "Kittyhawk," to conduct a variety of assigned photographic and visual observations.

Apollo 14 achievements include: first use of the Mobile Equipment Transporter (MET); largest payload placed in lunar orbit; longest distance traversed on the lunar surface; largest payload returned from the lunar surface; longest lunar surface stay time (33 hours); longest lunar surface EVA (9 hours and 17 minutes); first use of shortened lunar orbit rendezvous techniques; first use of color TV with a new vidicon tube on lunar surface; the first extensive orbital science period conducted during CSM solo operations.

In completing his first space flight, Roosa logged a total of 216 hours and 42 minutes in space.

He served as backup command pilot for the Apollo 16 and 17 missions, and was assigned to the space shuttle program until his retirement in 1976.

Sadly, Colonel Roosa passed away on December 12, 1994.


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